Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Don't make me go in the house....

When we moved in June my dog, Indy, stopped being an indoor/outdoor dog and became an outdoor dog.  He doesn't seem to mind.  When we open the door to the backyard he doesn't attempt to enter the house- even though he stands there looking through the window like a lost soul.

When he and I went walking this morning, I decided to take him through the house and out the front door instead of through the garage.  See the garage door doesn't close unless you are inside holding the button down and I didn't want to leave the garage door open while we were gone.  Indy was super good while I put him in his harness and on the leash.  He went into the garage, excited for our walk.  When I opened the door from the garage to the kitchen, he hesitated.  I had to walk in a head of him and tug a little to get him in the house.  We made it about five feet before he spread out on all fours and wouldn't budge. 

I tugged.  I pushed.  He would not move.  His paws were spread out as if he would dig his nails into the flooring if I tried to move him again.  It was hilarious.  I wish I could have taken a picture but no one else was around.  I can only imagine what was going through his head.  It probably had something to do with the crazy lady trying to drag him through the kitchen.  For the sake of my floors I gave up and we went out through the garage. 

He was happy. I was laughing.  All in all it was a good way to start the day. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to School...Almost

Today I registered my son for high school! Between the standard fee's, drama fee, biology fee, yearbook, and driver's ed the check was $267. Yikes!!!  We need to go back to the school tomorrow morning to make some changes to his classes.  They did not put him in an English class even though it is required.  If I remember right we had the same issue last year at the junior high school. 

When we got home, we planned out the courses he needs to take throughout high school to make sure he satisfies all of his core requirements.  We don't want any surprises his senior year. We also added the additional courses suggested for students who are planning to attend a University or apply for a scholarship.  Unfortunately, if he does everything on the spreadsheet (Yes! I put it in a spreadsheet.) his senior year will be more academic than "fun" but he seems to be okay with it all. My son isn't sure what he wants to do after high school in terms of what college or career, but I want him to do whatever it takes in order to have more options available to him. Too much is better than not enough.

Off topic - I really enjoy "The Real Housewives of New Jersey".  It is the only "Housewife" show that I actually watch.  My only problem is Danielle.  She drives me nuts and I find myself turning the channel whenever she starts talking/whining about how picked on she is.  Two words woman: Grow Up!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And I'm back (I think)

You may have noticed (or not) that I have been out of the blogosphere for a little while.  I would like to be able to tell you it is because I have been super busy with my incredibly exciting life but sadly it is due to general laziness and having no desire to do anything on the computer outside of work.  I am not even trying to catch up on the blogs I haven't read.  Frankly, I don't have the time.  But I think I am back now.  I think. Maybe. 

We moved in June and I love having room to move and put things.  I took a week off of work to move. Not that I really needed all of that time but I get about 4 weeks of vacation time each year and wanted to use it.  I was able to get the place feeling like home in no time.  My son loves being a little closer to his friends, the pool table, and having room to move.  My dog is enjoying the back yard and loves to dig up the horse shoe pits, though I am not sure when he does this as he spends almost the entire day underneath the deck where it is cool.  I've noticed that he has dug a hole next to a window well and "nests" there.  I would take a picture of him there but the minute I open the back door he comes out.

The other day when I went out to feed him, his water dish was not in it's usual location.  I wandered around the yard looking for it and finally found it by the deck near what I call his "little nest" area.   I filled the bowl and took it back by his kennel where his food dishes are kept.  This happened again the next day.  It hit me then that maybe he was trying to tell me that he wants his water over there.  I filled up his water bowl and put it in the usual spot next to his food bowl, then I retrieved another bowl from the garage, filled it with water and placed it by the deck.  He hasn't moved either bowl again. I know it seems silly but I am impressed with our dog/owner communication skills.

Aside from the move, I have crocheted an afghan for my niece.  This was the last one for the nieces.  I am trying to decide if I should make one for each of my nephews.  A couple of them have mentioned wanting one and my brother-in-law seems to be feeling a little left out because he doesn't have one.  Currently I am working on one for myself.

I have been doing a lot of reading.  I've became addicted to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum  series. If you want a light read that will have you laughing out loud, these are great.  There are sixteen books and while they all sort of have the same plot, each one is hilarious and introduces new, quirky characters.  I suggest you not read these while eating.  One fine morning I was enjoying my Cap'n Crunch Berries while reading one of Stephanie's adventures.  I had just taken a spoon full of cereal and next thing I know, I am trying and failing to suppress a laugh.  Needless to say, I ended up spitting Crunch Berries across the table.

Over the weekend, I painted the room I am using as my office. For the last couple of weeks, I have thought about doing this and I am so happy that I did.  The color is a pale, pale yellow and is the same color that is in my hallway.  The owner's of the house have a five gallon bucket of the stuff.  My office is now bright and cheery.  I even organized my file cabinet.  I enjoy being in that room. I will post a picture if I get around to taking one.

It is time to take myself to bed. Maybe it won't be so long before I post again.